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CONTRIBUTED - Former West Linn Police Chief Terry TimeusThe conversation around racism in the West Linn Police Department reignited this week when the City negotiated a $600,000 settlement with a Portland man who accused WLPD of conducting a racially-motivated scheme to get the man fired in 2016.

Michael Fesser, who is black, alleged in a 2016 lawsuit that WLPD conducted an illegal investigation of him at his job in Portland that resulted in him losing his job.

New details about the case arose Monday, Feb. 10 when TheOregonian/OregonLive reported the settlement negotiation.

Though neither Fesser, nor his workplace (A&B Towing) had ties to West Linn, WLPD began its investigation when Fesser's boss, Eric Benson, came to his pal, then-WLPD Chief Terry Timeus, with complaints about Fesser.

Timeus retired from the department in October 2017 following allegations that he drove drunk.

You can find the complete West Linn Tidings story here.


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